The American Health Care Act, which President Trump sent to Congress as a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), drew sharp criticism from the primary advocacy group for military families. Key issues centered upon the bill’s plan to cut Medicaid, and its potential adverse effects upon families of separating service members. “Most veterans and their families immediately lose TRICARE coverage,” Karen Ruedisueli, who oversees government relations for the National Military Family Association, said in a March 24 statement. “We are concerned that Medicaid cuts may leave many transitioning veteran families uninsured,” she said. These families could find themselves uninsured, and relegated to long waits on lists for state-run Medicaid waiver programs that could provide the medical coverage they need, Ruedisueli said.
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